Presentation for the European School of Mol, Belgium, Feb 21, 2018

Miguel Matias (ESR6) presented SyDAD and his project for Year 6 students at the European School of Mol. Miguel found it to be a “challenging experience, as I was dealing with a younger audience than I am used to, but a very gratifying one, that allowed me to share my work with the future minds of science”. One of the students pointed out that she got provided with “a better idea of what happens in research facilities” and also to “link something we learned in class to a real‐life situation”

Alzheimer Europe Conference, Berlin, Oct 2-4, 2017

Hazal Haytural (ESR11) and Una Smailovic (ESR13) participated at the Alzheimer Europe 27th conference (AEC) in Berlin, Germany (2-4th of October, 2017) to which they prepared a leaflet and a poster that they actively presented on a SyDAD stand during the conference. Alzheimer Europe is a partner organisation of SyDAD and an umbrella organisation for patient and caregiver organisations in Europe.

The focus of this year’s AEC was on finding better treatments and interventions to prevent or delay the onset of dementia, which is in the scope of our research, as well as to improve patients’ life quality. We strongly believe that our studies on synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer disease could facilitate the development of such interventions. The AEC provided us with a great opportunity to discuss our research and why synapses are important in the disease progression with people who are either directly or indirectly affected by dementia, as well as with clinical and care science researchers.

Maus Türöffner-Tag, DZNE Bönn, Oct 3, 2017

On the October 3rd 2017, Sara Rodrigues (ESR3) participated as a volunteer in the “Maus Türöffner-Tag 2017” of the WDR (German public-broadcasting institution) at the DZNE site in Bonn.
On the scope of this activity, several institutions across Germany opened their doors to show interested children their facilities and how they work.
The Light Microscope Facility (LMF) of the DZNE Bonn was involved in the event, and welcomed around 50 children and their parents. The participants had the opportunity to be small scientists for a day, doing a tour around the LMF and learning basic principles of microscopy, the components and function of a microscope and the differences between bright field and fluorescence microscopy. The kids also had the opportunity to learn more about the different brain cell types and to observe neurons, microglia and astrocytes under the microscope. In the last part of the activity, the participants had several binoculars and bright field microscopes, with many samples available, that they could use and explore on their own.
Sara Rodrigues helped the participants to work with the binoculars and the microscopes, explaining the kids and the parents how to correctly use these equipments and to help identifying the samples under the microscope. 


MEETmeTONIGHT, Milan, Sept 29 – 30, 2017

Ana Ribeiro (ESR9) and Sebastien Therin (ESR15) participated in MEETmeTONIGHT, that occur in Giardini Indro Montanelli in Milan during the weekend of 29 and 30 of September 2017. This activity is the Italian variation of the European Resercher’s Night and it counted with the participation of several research facilities and institutions.

The two ESR’s were present at a stand in the Health Section of the event, in which they had the opportunity to interact with the public and present to them, in a very simple and approachable way, their work and the concepts related. The participants were invited to perform several activities, in which they could assemble the structure of a neuron and see the effect of different drugs on the synapse, as well as having the opportunity to stain and visualize neurons in a microscope.

In a final balance, we can say that the event was a success, counting with the enthusiastic participation of many children that, one day, might even turn into scientists themselves!